Haley Wagner wins Haugen Trophy

Haley Wagner

Baker senior Haley Wagner was named the winner of the prestigious Taylor Haugen Trophy on Monday for her achievements in academics, athletics and community service.

RANDY DICKSON | News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 05:15 PM.

BAKER — Truth be told, Haley Wagner felt like something was up.

A week ago, Wagner, a senior two-sport athlete at Baker High School, spoke to Brian Haugen of the Haugen Trophy Foundation and found out that the foundation was taking a hard look at the 11 candidates for the annual award. Haugen informed Wagner that she’d likely hear more from the foundation in a week’s time.

So when a special assembly was called at Baker on Monday, Wagner couldn’t help but enter the room with a smile.

“I started to think: It’s been a week since I talked to him, and now we are having an assembly,” said Wagner. “All day I’ve been anxious. Once they started talking, I just couldn’t help it. I was pretty emotional.”

Before long, Haugen’s secret was no longer a secret, as All Sports Association president Chad Hamilton announced that Wagner was officially the fifth winner of the Taylor Haugen Trophy.

The award is given annually to a local senior athlete that excels in five areas: academics, athletics, leadership, community service and faith. Those five traits defined Taylor Haugen, the Niceville freshman who died on Aug. 30, 2008, one night after suffering injuries in a preseason classic football game against Fort Walton Beach.

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